Dr. Lisa Hoffmann

Associate

Dr. Lisa Hoffmann

  • Short CV

    • Since 10/2023: Associate Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs
    • 04/2021 - 09/2023: Deputy equal opportunity commissioner at the GIGA
    • 11/2020 - 09/2023: Research Fellow in the Project “Religion for peace: identifying conditions and mechanisms of interfaith peace” funded by DFG
    • 2018 - 09/2023: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs
    • 2016 - 2021: Doctoral Researcher in the GIGA Doctoral Programme
    • 2017 - 2020: Research Associate at the Department of Economics at Universität Hamburg
    • 02/2020 - 06/2020: Co-convenor of the Interdisciplinary Fellow Group “Sustainable rural transformation” at Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) in Accra, Ghana funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
    • 10/2019 - 12/2019: Field research coordinator in Liberia in the project “Large-scale land acquisitions, rural change and social conflict” funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
    • 10/2019 - 12/2019: Research Fellow in the project “Religion, conflict, and sustainable peace: identifying causal conditions and conclusions for development cooperation” funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
    • 10/2016 - 12/2017: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies
    • 2017: Field research in the scope of the project „Engine or Brake? The impact of religion on sustainable development” in Ghana and Tanzania
    • 2015: Heinz Nixdorf Scholarship Programme for young professionals for a seven-months stay in Vietnam
    • Education: PhD in Economics at the University of Hamburg; M.Sc. in Politics, Economics & Philosophy at the University of Hamburg; B.Sc. in Business Administration and Economics at Goethe-University Frankfurt

    Current Research

    • Social cohesion
    • Conflict
    • Religion
    • Experimental economics

    Countries and Regions

    • Ghana
    • Liberia
    • Sierra Leone
    • Togo

    Dissertation

    • Social Cohesion under Threat? Evidence from Behavioral Experiments in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Dr. Lisa Hoffmann

    Associate

    lisa.hoffmann@giga-hamburg.de


    GIGA Focus Africa | 2/2024

    Peaceful or Contentious? How to Promote Interreligious Peace in Africa

    In African societies, celebrations of religious diversity exist alongside (violent) religious extremism. What determines whether interreligious relations are peaceful or contentious? What can we learn from positive examples, and what role does religious extremism play in interreligious peace?

    Politics and Religion | 09/2023

    What Do We Know about Religion and Interreligious Peace?: A Review of the Quantitative Literature

    Interreligious relations remain an important dimension of human coexistence and we currently observe an increase in religiously motivated violence and discrimination. Hence, we need to better understand determinants of interreligious peace.

    Canadian Journal of African Studies | 08/2023

    “The Cake is in Accra”: A Case Study on Internal Migration in Ghana

    This article is about the motivations for internal migration, and how do social relations influence the migration process? In answering these questions, this paper focuses on internal migration to Accra, the capital of Ghana. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 20 migrants.

    Review of Development Economics | 06/2023

    Material and Nonmaterial Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from a Low-Income Country

    How have COVID-19-related restrictions affected consumption levels and life satisfaction in low-income countries? The authors of this article conducted phone surveys with 577 households in Liberia to compare consumption patterns across three points in time.

    Dataset | 2023

    Interreligious contact and attitudes in Togo and Sierra Leone: The role of ingroup norms and individual preferences (CATSL)

    Replication data for: "Interreligious contact and attitudes in Togo and Sierra Leone: The role of ingroup norms and individual preferences" by Julia Köbrich, Borja Martinović and Tobias Stark that will be published in Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.

    10.7802/2607

    Research Project | 01/11/2020 - 31/07/2024

    Religion for Peace: Identifying Conditions and Mechanisms of Interfaith Peace

    In recent years, religion has become an increasingly contentious phenomenon, with religious violence and discrimination on the rise worldwide. However, religion is also connected to peace: interfaith peace is, in fact, the norm rather than the exception. We contribute to the rigorous empirical study of the link between religion and peace, especially regarding positive peace. Using several cutting-edge methodologies, we expect substantial results that are also very useful for policy.
    DFG, 2020-2024

    Research Project | 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2026

    Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA)

    MIASA, based at the University of Legon, Ghana, is one of five Maria Sibylla Merian Centres for Advanced Studies, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research. Its overall aim is to work towards a reduction of global asymmetries in knowledge production and bridging the cultural divide between anglophone and francophone Africa. MIASA's thematical focus is on sustainable governance. The GIGA contributes to the Interdisciplinary Fellow Group on ‘Sustainable Rural Transformation’ and its outreach activities.
    BMBF, 2020-2026

    Research Project | 01/03/2019 - 31/12/2021

    Large-Scale Land Acquisitions, Rural Change, and Social Conflict

    By combining theoretical and methodological approaches in political science, economics, and environmental sciences, this project analyzes the effects of large-scale land acquisitions on rural structural change and social conflicts in order to advance academic research, provide international policy advice, and inform the work of local advocacy and development organizations.
    BMZ, 2019-2022

    Research Project | 01/02/2019 - 31/12/2019

    Religion, Conflict, and Sustainable Peace: Causal Relationships and Recommendations for Development Cooperation

    Religion generally plays a major role in the partner countries of German development cooperation. However, religion does not always seem to be favorable for development and peace. Conflicts in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Mali, Myanmar, Nigeria and Syria are often fought out between religious groups. Terrorist attacks by religious extremists are shaking Western countries and claiming even more victims in the Global South. This project investigates the causal relationships between religion, conflict, and peace and formulates recommendations for German development cooperation.
    BMZ, 2019

    Victoire FM | Lomé Bouge Info | Radio Pyramide FM | Actu-Togo | Mention | 27/09/2023

    Reporting on Workshop Lomé: Religion for Peace? Identifying Conditions and Mechanisms of Interfaith Peace

    Local radio and webnews reported on our activities as part of the workshop in Lomé on conditions and mechanisms of interreligious peace.

    Conference | 25/09/2023 - 26/09/2023

    Workshop Lomé: Religion for Peace? Identifying Conditions and Mechanisms of Interfaith Peace

    Workshop Lomé: Religion for Peace? Identifying Conditions and Mechanisms of Interfaith Peace, Hotel Onomo, Lomé Dr. Lisa Hoffmann (Panelist, Organiser), Julia Köbrich (Panelist, Organiser)

    This workshop discussed facets of interreligious relations, focusing on the role religion can play for peace. It aimed to identify the conditions and mechanisms that facilitate interfaith peace and looked at the actors and approaches involved in strengthening peaceful relationships across religious communities.

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2019

    Public Finance

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2019

    Übung: Mikroökonomie für BWL

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2018

    Übung: Finanzwissenschaft

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

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